ERIC Number: ED117664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
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An Effectiveness Evaluation Between Manual and Automated Readability Counting Techniques. CNETS Report 5-75.
Bunde, Gary R.
A statistical comparison was made between two automated devices which were used to count data points (words, sentences, and syllables) needed in the Flesch Reading Ease Score to determine the reading grade level of written material. Determination of grade level of all Rate Training Manuals and Non-Resident Career Courses had been requested by the Chief of Naval Education and Training Support. The devices compared were the Automated Flesch Count (AFC) developed by Kincaid and McDaniel and The Navy Automated Counter (NAC), a pencil-like stylus with a pressure-sensitive switch, developed by the Navy. Comparisons were made between the speed and reliability of the automated devices, and between the speed and reliability of each device and the manual method of counting data points. Similar reliabilities were found for both of the devices and for the manual method. Counts made using the devices were done almost twice as fast as manual counts. The NAC was 20% faster than the AFC, but this difference may be attributable to a practice advantage. The use of an automated device such as the NAC or AFC is recommended as being the most cost-effective technique available for any readability study which involves detailed counting. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Naval Education and Training Command, Pensacola, FL.